While athletes typically train for speed, coaches need to see more than speed to identify hurdling and jumping talent. Coach Graham Eaton programs three general drills—the hurdler rain dance, gallop and field frolicker, and standing triple jumps—into warm-ups to both teach the basics of the jumps and hurdles and reach all athletes.
If you’re looking for a novel way of bridging the gap between your track and field team and other sports teams at your school, as well as a way to promote awareness of the track and field team, then read on. Coach Graham Eaton explains the success of his high school’s first-ever combine, with details that will help you run a similar event at your own school.
There are plenty of simple drills you can do with large groups that allow speed athletes to develop general motor skills and feel full ranges of motion while under control. Coach Graham Eaton breaks them down here, including movement patterns, exercises, and programming.
In a high school athletic season, plyometrics are certainly not the only focus. Instead of trying to implement too many things at once, Coach Graham Eaton recommends these essential plyometric drills, centered around themed practice days.
Coach Graham Eaton believes that drills at the high school level should be as specific and basic as possible. Here are six drills he uses to reinforce and potentiate skills for developing track athletes.
When the weather, a lack of equipment, and/or too little space all conspire to keep you from training according to plan, there’s still a lot you can do to develop your track and field athletes. Coach Graham Eaton reveals some “grassroots-style” activities to add to your coaching toolbox.
There’s no doubt that other coaches are a valuable resource, and staying informed is important for growth. Coach Graham Eaton admits there was a lot he didn’t know when he first started out, so he actively sought out information, including reading material and other coaches’ advice. As a result, these are the three changes he made to his sprints program, and they may also benefit yours.